I’m back with exciting news…
We’re going to build a new home! We live on 16 acres of land, some of it forested. It took me forever to decide where I wanted to put the house. (What a lucky problem to have!) If you’re shopping for land to build a house, or have an acreage and want to build; I can help you. Here are some things to consider when choosing a location to build a new home.
Do you want your near the entrance, or further back? That’s a personal choice, and purely aesthetic. Depending on the size and landscape of your plot, you can decide whether you want your home visible from the street or not. Your choice depends on ease of access and how much privacy you want.
The further you build from the nearest electric pole, the more expensive it gets. Your electric company will charge for each square foot they have to cover. They will usually clear the area of trees from the nearest pole to the build site, so find out how much they are willing to do before you pay to take down trees. Which brings us to…
Clearing & Prep Work
How much clearing will you have to do? I originally wanted my house a bit further back, but there’s a forested area that would be pretty expensive to clear. Price shop for bulldozer and tree removal services and add it to your cost sheet if you are hiring out. Renting the machinery is a great option if you want to do the work yourself.
Make sure an experienced builder checks the area you want to build. You don’t want to do all that planning and clearing to find out you have a sinkhole! I also reccomend having your general contractor supervise when the pad is built. It’s important that he knows if there are any soft spots.
Well & Septic
If you’re rural, you’ll likely need to dig a well and septic tank. There are specific rules for that. The well has to be a certain distance uphill from your septic, and septic must be a certain distance from your home. Make sure you have enough cleared area when you choose where you’d like to build your home.
It’s ideal for your house to sit on a bit higher ground so that water runs away from the house. If you don’t have a higher area, or want to build in a lower position, talk to your builder about what precautions you can take to protect your home against water runoff. As a side note, check if land is flood zoned when shopping for property.
We have a really cool retaining wall (below) that’s over 100 years old. It’s a good distance away from the front door, and sort of defines the front yard area. I think it will “frame” the house nicely. I’m imagining some potted plants there.
Look for natural features that you can integrate into your yard, like boulders or amazing trees or shrubbery. Maybe you have an existing fence or garden you could work with.
Funny that view is the last thing in my list! But it was almost the last thing I got to consider. Finding a spot with the privacy I wanted in a location that wouldn’t break the bank was the hardest part. (Trees grow wherever the heck they want around here, electric poles and lines really eat the budget.)
On a larger plot of land, you can face your home in any direction you like. Imagine the view from each window, and determine where you need the most natural light.
I hope some of these tips help you if you’re building a home. I’ll keep you posted each step of the way, so follow along if you’re interested in the home building process.
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